Doomsday Preppers? You’ve GOT to be kidding me…

This post was written exactly 4 years ago, on my Facebook page. I still stand by it.

Watching “Doomsday Preppers” on NGC this evening, with an as objective as possible viewpoint. I’ve been doing this stuff myself for 20 years, and in my position and experience, with the contacts I’ve made worldwide, and incredible history library of content specific to this lifestyle, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on the shows as I watch them.

I don’t buy into the doomer, TEOTWAWKI, spikey haired mutant, conspiracy theory crap. And, having done the research I’ve done, having the government and technical background AND training (LEO, CERT, ARC, FEMA, etc) and ORIGINAL hardcopy documents on hand as I do, it all comes down to LIFESTYLE. So far, with DP (Doomsday Preppers), you’re seeing extremes.

For example, this past weekend I watched Armageddon 2012, on CNBC, of all places. Same kind of xtremist, end of the world sensationalism that has been broadcast more and more in the last 2 years. Ooooh. Mayan calendar, pole shift, CME’s, …blah blah blah.

It’s like I’m hearing the same thing that Charlie Brown’s teachers sound like in all his cartoons…Waah Waah Waah Waah Waah Waah Waah. Nothing of substance…just irritating, blathering noise.

Back to that lifestyle thing. If you’ve dealt with living through, and dealing with, and recovering from…tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, accidents, fires, accident scenes, etc, etc, etc, well, you have a VERY good idea of what YOUR threat matrix should focus on.

Live in a high crime area? Move…or learn urban self defense and situational awareness.

Live a desert area? Have water sources, and stored food that won’t deteriorate in that environment.

Live in the rural southeast? Tornadoes, hurricanes, poisonous snakes and insects, rural crime, drug labs, etc, etc. Your threat matrix gets larger, your prepping needs get bigger.

Health problems? Overweight, diabetic, asthma, etc, etc. Change your health lifestyle, stock up on meds, try some natural remedies, do what it takes.

Having a giant metal bunker, 50,000 lbs of food, bug out school buses, mini off grid power systems, and canning every single day…no time for LIVING. Living in PROACTIVE mode, for what should be POTENTIALS, is not good psychological or sociological sense.

Dressing like you’re on a combat mission into Islamabad, while actually still living in your mom’s basement? Mental health alert.

Doomsday Preppers WILL introduce you to a myriad of potential UNREALISTIC real world threats. Peak oil, EMP, Solar Flares, Zombies…name your poison.

Unless you’re part of the SOLUTION, to help your community (not feeding them, but helping THEM figure out how to do their own basic prepping), is what will get HUMANITY through a small breakdown, to catastrophic EOW disaster.

How you RETAIN your humanity, work the problems, and keep your FAMILY and FRIENDS working WITH you to get to better times, post-potential apocalypse, is what will SAVE your lifestyle.

Oh, and who are these “practical preppers” JUDGES, who are GRADING these NGC participants? Consultants…nothing more.

Reality. Life. Peace of mind. THAT is the goal…the dream…the planned reality.

How likely are the threats in THIS episode? NONE of the threats mentioned have actually occurred, in hundreds of years. But, some have happened in the last thousand, or hundred thousand, or millions of years since the last global disaster cycle.

I started my online prepping and research in the mid 90’s, due to direct hits at our former Alabama home, from 2 hurricanes, 8 tornado events, a house fire, a lightning strike, two five hundred year level floods in TWO years, burglary, assault, a storm of the century (March 1993…The Perfect Storm event), 2 disastrous car accidents, and years of walking on the mean streets of south-side Birmingham as a federal employee…well, I started paying ATTENTION.

My work since, on SurvivalRing, is the result of deciding to TAKE ACTION, get TRAINING, basic sustenance needs, and invest in skills to make things happen that let my family and I continue our lives and activities like nothing ever happened.

Sharing my research has reached millions worldwide, and the attention of the media hundreds of times. Not being an extreme survivalist, I’ve ALWAYS been a source to them to find others…who would be willing to go on camera to share their COLLECTIONS of survival crap. I don’t do TV coverage. I do help, but I’m not freaky enough.

And by the way, I do have applied science degrees in broadcasting, web development and computer networking. I’ve been in all positions at a TV station and FM radio stations, with years of real world experience in those areas.

Not a huge goal to get international recognition by going on one of these shows. But…I’ve got a message…but as you’re seen above, it’s very simple.

James Talmage Stevens, one of my VERY good friends, and mentor, says it best. with his book “Make The Best Of Basics”.

Learn that, and EVERYTHING becomes basic.

So, episode 1 of DP? Scale of one to five?

Three stars…

Actually useful information?

Two stars…

Purely sensationalist money grubbing, preying on the easily misled, and easily scared populace, and taking their chunk of the End of the World 2012 Hysteria, with this series?

Six stars. (One extra for allowing the volunteers to really make a bit of a fool of themselves). What we have here is a very perfect example of FEAR MONGERING.

Will I watch the rest of the series?

Occasionally, but it’s not a priority….If you understand prepping….you should too.

Now, before signing off on this review, you’ll note I have NOT mentioned a THING about guns, self defense, field of fire, or firepower. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in them, don’t have them, or would not use them.

Au contraire, mon ami….

ALL the shows on these topics, for the last 15 years, have MADE SURE that guns are PART and PARCEL of PREPPING and survival…as in, you can’t be a survivalist, doomsday prepper, nor any kind of end of world weirdo, without lots and lots of guns, and thousands of rounds of ammo.

Nope. Just like a screw driver, a race car, or a computer, a weapon in the hands of a skilled user of that tool, can get a lot more done for whatever reason that may need be. All I’ll say is I’ve got a 100 yard range in my front yard. I’m aware of my limitations… skills… and concerns. I have no need to advertise all that I can do.


That’s it. Life can get tough, but So Can You.

Rolling over and letting the disaster of the day have its way with you, is no way to survive, thrive, and prosper. It is a good way to remove yourself from the gene pool.

Did you watch it? Do you care? Are YOU a Doomsday Prepper? Share your thoughts.


P.S. Yes, I *was* contacted by the producers to see if I’d be interested in being on the show, 3 years running.

My answer?

Not On Your Life.

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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